Italy fail to reach World Cup for first time in 60 years
MILAN: Four-time champions Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a play-off defeat against Sweden. Italy were held to a 0-0 draw The result means the Azzurri Will not be present in the competition for only the second time in their history having declined to play at the inaugural tournament in 1930.Midfielder Jakob Johansson’s deflected strike in the first leg was the difference as the second leg at Milan’s San Siro stadium ended goalless, BBC reported on Tuesday. Sweden sat back on their advantage and, despite the hosts enjoying 76 per cent possession, they failed to find the breakthrough – Italy’s best chance saw goalkeeper Robin Olsen palm away substitute Stephan El Shaarawy’s thumping late volley.NEW DELHI: Italy’s failure to ensure World Cup qualification for the first time in 60 years has sent the football world into shock and signalled the exit of the remaining veterans of the generation that won the 2006 World Cup. Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, the most capped player in the history of the Italian national team with 175 international matches under his belt, bid a tearful farewell to a distinguished career even as his team mates collapsed.
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